What is an overhead conveyor?

Overhead conveyors are what people are generally thinking about when they hear the word “conveyor”. One of the most common types of conveyor, an overhead conveyor is generally used in a production facility to move parts from one location to another. They take advantage of the generally unused vertical space above the working area. Using curved sections or even with elevators, they bring parts down to the level of operators and back up to higher elevations. Overhead conveyors can pass through production areas that humans can’t like through ovens and robot work cells.

From the days of Jervis B. Webb inventing the modern forged rivetless conveyor chain for the Ford Model T to the present day, Jervis Webb and now their integration partner, Ultimation Industries, have been the leading overhead conveyor manufacturers.